Category Archives: 5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation

Formative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information as a basis for further development. Summative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information to make decisions about utilization.

School Evaluation Summary Reflection

My final project for Edtech 501 was to research and determine the maturity benchmarks of technology use in my work place. I really enjoyed this assignment because I was able to utilize and understand my learning from this class to directly respond to the maturity of our Technology Use Plan within my school. I found that my school is fairly mature in most areas of technology use, but needs to address the areas of Stakeholder Involvement and Administrative Support. Washington Elementary bodes very well and is increasingly doing better in the curricular filter. All staff and staff support employees have access to great equipment and online technology resources that make their jobs more efficient, but it also allows them to do a better job of communicating, tracking, adapting, and extend learning opportunities for all students. Washington Elementary.

Washington Elementary is intelligent when it comes to the Connectivity Filter. High-speed access is available for all with wireless access points for teachers and guests. Video streaming services are utilized by staff to enhance teaching and learning. Email is used heavily for communicating, collaborating, and sharing on a regular basis.

Like most places of business,  the innovative filter maturity is mixed. Most staff jump on board when new technologies are implemented and really take advantage of its capabilities. Some learn the  minimum, but lack more advanced technology techniques. Overall, Washington does quite well and is integrated in its maturity.

One benchmark that needs more maturity is the Support Filter. In the last school year, this area has improved with the hiring of a Technology Teacher Leader position. Because of this, teachers have the option to attend short technology trainings that help them to better incorporate the resources available to them by the district. However, time is still an issue and several staff members don’t come to the trainings – usually the ones who need it the most. Many new resources have been added to the district’s technology arsenal in the past two years, but with little representation for implementation and training.

Now that I am more aware of our districts maturity, as my building’s Technology Teacher Leader, I will spend a lot more time working to make training activities more meaningful for all. I will spend more time with staff members that need the most training. Because I am in a leadership position, I am in more of a place where I can give feedback to the district technology department. Hopefully, I can volunteer myself for future planning and technology implementation.

View my Technology Use Survey here.


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Horizon Report Tech Trend

Using GarageBand for Assessment Lesson Plan

Reading the 2012 Horizon Report was both an eye opening and exciting experience. Seeing what we have accomplished and where we are going with Technology is amazing. I am a huge iPad fan and enjoy using this device whenever I can in my classroom. Because of this, I am drawn to the Mobile Apps part of the Horizon Report.

GarageBand is an amazing app for $4.99. There are so many ways you can use this program to help children learn about music. Since my music program is more performance-based, I find that teaching kids to listen to their performance, assess themselves, and then refine their performance to make it better a very worthwhile educational experience. I created this lesson plan because I think the entire process will increase my student’s learning. My music program is based on the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy, that is learning music by playing music through the use of singing, chanting, moving, and playing instruments. My students play arrangements that have 3 or 4 parts. Once they learn their part, getting them to listen to all the parts together to refine their work is a whole new skill in itself. I think the right way to implement this lesson is to start slow with teacher guidance. Perhaps only listening to 1 rubric item might make it easier the first few times. Also, making sure they have the background knowledge needed for the listening assignment is key. Do they remember what steady beat, blend, balance, and dynamics mean? As the students get more practice listening and assessing  themselves, they will become better at it which will not only result in more musically refined performance, but also individual musicianship. I am sure that when I use this lesson plan with my students, things will come up and I will need to adjust the plan accordingly.

Because the lesson is based on using an ios device and mobile app along with a computer to project the information for student learning, it utilizes the following AECT Standards 2.2 (Audio Visual Technologies, 2.3 (Computer-Based Technologies), and 2.4 (Integrated Technologies). In addition the lesson is used for assessment purposes and utilizes AECT standard  5.3 (Formative and Summative Evaluation).

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Filed under 2.2 Audiovisual Technologies, 2.3 Computer-Based Technologies, 2.4 Integrated Technologies, 3.1 Media Utilization, 5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation, AECT Standards